Enormous 1939-1963 Autographed Exhibit-Card Collection with Many Hall of Famers and Stars (256)

Sold For: $3,000

Auction Year: 2016 fall

Lot: 1304

Item Year: 1940

Category: Autographed Baseballs/Flats/Photos

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Presented here is one of the largest collections of signed exhibit cards we have ever seen at auction. The collection, which spans the years 1939 to 1963, is comprised of 256 signed cards, including thirty-nine Hall of Famers, plus numerous stars. Thirty-two exact duplicates are represented here, but a few players are also represented more than once due to the many variations found within the set. The Hall of Famers featured here, with the number of cards for each listed in parentheses (if more than one), are Aparicio (2), Ashburn (2), Cepeda, Doby (2), Doerr, Drysdale, Feller, Ford, Fox, Gordon (2), Herzog, Irvin, Kaline, Kell, Killebrew, Lombardi, Mathews (2), Mays, Mazeroski, Musial, Newhouser, Reese (2), Rizzuto, Roberts (2), B. Robinson, F. Robinson, Santo, Schoendienst, Slaughter, Snider, B. Williams, and Yastrzemski. Other notable players include Joe Adcock, Ewell Blackwell, Dean Chance, Del Crandall, Alvin Dark, Dom DiMaggio, Luke Easter, Ferris Fain, Gil Hodges, Tommy Holmes, Elston Howard, Jackie Jensen, Charlie Keller (2), Ted Kluszewski, Don Larsen, Sal Maglie, Marty Marion, Minnie Minoso, Andy Pafko, Bobby Richardson, Preacher Roe, Eddie Stanky, Johnny Vander Meer, Mickey Vernon, Vic Wertz, and Gus Zernial. All of the cards have been signed on the front in a variety of inks, with the signatures ranging from "7" to "10," averaging "9." A small number of cards display minor trimming; otherwise they range in grade from Gd to Nr-Mt, averaging Vg-Ex. The collection is comprised of the following:

1939-1946 Salutation (28 cards, including 22 different): Barrett, Borowy, Cavarretta (2), Elliott, Feller/pitching, Ferriss, Gordon/New York (2), Heath/small projection, Holmes/Yours truly, Keller/Made in USA  right corner (2), Lombardi/Cordially yours, Marion/with “An Exhibit Card”, Marion/no “An Exhibit Card”, McCormick/Made in USA right corner, Newhouser, Pafko/plain cap (2), Passeau (2), Pollet/Made in USA right corner, Reiser/Made in USA right corner, Trout, Walker/”D” on cap, and Walters (2).

1947-1966 (172 cards, including a partial set of 145/336): Adcock/black signature, Alvis, Antonelli/Giants, Aparicio/portrait, Ashburn/Phillies, first name incorrect, Ashburn/Cubs, Bailey/no cap, Bailey/with cap, Baker, Battey, Batts, Baumoltz, Beggs, Bilko, Blackwell/portrait, (2) Brecheen, Brewer, Carrasquel/leaping (2), Case, Chance, Chandler, T. Cheney (signed by D. Stenhouse only, who is the player actually pictured). Church, G. Coleman, W. Cooper, Crandall, Curtwright, Daley, Dark/Giants, Dickson (2), Dillinger, D. DiMaggio (2), Doby/”An Exhibit Card”, Doby/”An Exhibit Card” scratched out, Doerr/no “An Exhibit Card”, Donovan/Sox cap (3), Dropo (3), Easter, Ennis, Evans, Evers, Fain/portrait, Farrell, Fowler (2), Friend, F. Gentile, Goodman/leaping, J. Greengrass, Gromek, Groth, Grove (2), Hatton (2), Hegan (2), Hermanski, Herzog, Higbe (2), Hodges/”B” on cap, Hopp, E. Howard, Hughson, Irvin, Jensen, Jethroe, Kell, Kellner (3), Keltner, Kinder (2), Klaus, Kluszewski/batting, Kluszewski/plain uniform, Konstanty, Kranepool, Larsen, Lewis (2), Linz, Lock, Lockman, Logan, Long/”P” on cap, Lopat, Maglie, Majeski, Malzone, Marion, Marshall, Mays/batting, McDougald/Made in USA lower right, S. Mele (2), Minoso/”C” on cap, Minoso/Sox on cap, Mitchell (3), Musial/kneeling, Newcombe/shaking hands, Newcombe/plain jacket, Northey, O’Dell, Pearson, Pesky, Philley, Porterfield, Powell, Raschi, Reese/fielding, ball partially visible (2), Rice, Richardson, Rizzuto, Roberts/black signature, E. Robinson (2), F. Robinson, Rodgers, Roe, Rollins (signed on front and back), Sain, Sauer (2), Sawatski/”M” on cap, Sawatski/”P” on cap, Schmitz, Score/”C” on cap, Seminick, Sewell, Siebern, Sievers/portrait, “W” on cap, light background (2), Simmons, Sisler, Slaughter, Stanky/plain uniform, Stewart, Stephens, F. Thomas/Best Wishes, Thomson, Torgeson/Braves uniform, Torgeson/plain uniform, Triandos, Trucks, VanderMeer, Vernon/batting, Voiselle (2), Wagner, Wakefield, Ward, Wertz/batting, Westlake, Woodling/black signature, Wright, Yastrzemski, and Zernial/white signature (2). 

1947-1966 Thin Stock (9 cards): Adcock/white signature, Antonelli/Braves, Baker, Bauer/N.Y. cap, Goodman/leaping, Kubek/dark background, Roberts/white signature, Schoendienst/batting, and Snider/”B” on cap.

1962 Stat Back (5 cards): Francona, Hoak, Mathews, Moon, and Siebern.

1963 Stat Back (Partial set of 42/64 cards): Aparicio, Aspromonte , K. Boyer, Burdette, Callison, Cash, Cepeda, Colavito, Coleman, Craig, Drysdale, Farrell, Ford, Fox, Gonzalez, Groat, Herbert, Hinton, F. Howard, Jay, Kaline, Killebrew, Kuenn, Landis, Mahaffey, Malzone, Mathews, Mazeroski, McBride, Moon, O’Dell, Pappas, Pascual, Piersall, Pinson, B. Robinson, Runnels, Santo, Thomas, Wagner, B. Williams, and Wills.

This is a substantial offering of autographed exhibit cards, including numerous deceased players. Total: 256 signed cards. Auction LOA from James Spence/JSA. Reserve $1,000. Estimate (open).

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